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Alaska Wilderness by plane and boat

Alaska beyond the ordinary - Wrangell-St Elias by plane and Inside Passage by boat

16 days

from £14,295pp (excluding flights)

This Alaska holiday combines stunning mountainous scenery and adventure of the Wrangell-St.Elias national park with the beautiful bays and inlets of the Inside Passage of south east Alaska.

  • Explore Wrangell-St. Elias national park by small bush plane
  • Fly to remote areas for unique fishing, hiking and glacier trekking
  • Sail through Glacier Bay listening for the “white thunder” as glaciers calve into the water
  • Wildlife viewing opportunities including brown bears, wolves, orca & humpback whales

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

Fly by bush plane into Wrangell-St. Elias, a national park almost six times the size of Yellowstone, with dramatic mountains and over 150 glaciers, to begin this remote adventure. Stay at the Ultima Thule Lodge, an exclusive wilderness lodge that specialises in adventures by plane. Days will be spent exploring the national park by air finding that special spot no one has set foot before to hike, fish, raft or just be. Fly meters over a glacier or land on top of a mountain for lunch - this is the playground for the intrepid traveller.

Inside Passage by boat

Travel around the coastal waters of Glacier Bay national park in south east Alaska. Sail on a small, high end, expeditionary ship through the narrow bays and inlets other larger ships cannot access. Each day with experienced guides explore the forests, glaciers and coastline all the time looking for the incredible Alaskan wildlife. Orca, humpback whales, sea otters, dolphin, moose and brown bears can all be seen in this area. Activities are endless during this holiday - hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff rides, glacier treks and more.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 14295 £ 1000
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what is included

  • Accommodation at Ultima Thule on a full board basis
  • Accommodation on an all inclusive basis on the boat
  • Accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis in Anchorage
  • Guided sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

PLEASE NOTE THE COST SHOWN INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK, BASED ON AN APPROXIMATE AIR FARE. PLEASE ASK YOUR TRAVEL EXPERT FOR AN ACCURATE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT QUOTE. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Reykjavik

Fly Reykjavik to Anchorage


Anchorage is the main gateway to Alaska and the state's largest city, surrounded on all sides by wilderness. With a stunning backdrop of the Chugach mountains and sitting on the edge of the Cook Inlet, almost half of Alaska's population live here.


You will be staying at Captain Cook Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2

Full Day Lake Clark National Park Bear Viewing
Take a small scenic flight from from Anchorage to Lake Clark National Park, a journey of about one hour, to meet with the bear viewing guides. Travel by boat to viewing areas to watch the bears feed on salmon and tend to their cubs, a fascinating experience. This area is home to Alaskan brown and black bears.


You will be staying at Captain Cook Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Small Charter Flight from Anchorage to McCarthy

Scenic flight from McCarthy to Ultima Thule Lodge


Arrive at Ultima Thule Lodge
Arrive at the lodge, settle into your room before dinner in the main lodge.


You will be staying at Ultima Thule Lodge, Full board

Day 4

Days to Explore the Wilderness of Wrangell-St.Elias National
There are no set itineraries, each day is different dependent on your mood, experience, interests and the weather. Each morning the lodge will discuss the best options which include flight seeing, glacier exploration, hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing, rafting, kayaking and even sledding on glaciers. All excursions are private and fully guided, travel is by small bush plane to reach remote areas where literally no one has been before.


You will be staying at Ultima Thule Lodge, Full board

Day 5

You will be staying at Ultima Thule Lodge, Full board

Day 6

Depart Ultima Thule Lodge
Leave Wrangell St.Elias National Park.

Scenic Flight from Ultima Thule Lodge to McCarthy

Small Charter Flight from McCarthy to Anchorage


You will be staying at Captain Cook Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7

Day at Leisure
Spend the day exploring the city of Anchorage. The Anchorage Museum is a good place to learn about the history of Alaska, whilst the Alaska Native Heritage Centre explains through stories, songs and dance the rich Native culture.

Anchorage is also home to a wide variety of wildlife, including a resident moose population up to 1,000, for an easier viwing option head to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre.

Take in the scenery along the 11 mile Tony Knowles Coastal Trail which starts in downtown or fish for salmon at Ship Creek.


You will be staying at Captain Cook Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 8

Fly Anchorage to Juneau


Juneau embarkation
Meet fellow guests and expedition leaders and then embark the boat in late afternoon.

Juneau is the state capital in an area known as the Inside Passage. A stunning coastal route made up of narrow channels, fiords, small islands and surrounded by snow topped mountains. It is a wonderful area for seeing bald eagles, sea lions and whales.


This itineray does operate on other boats as well.


You will be staying at Safari Explorer, Full board

Day 9

Glacier Bay
Over the two days in the park you will travel nearly 60 miles to the tidewater glaciers of Grand Pacific and Margerie, which frequently calve huge icebergs into the bay. If conditions permit, take a zodiac cruise to weave among the icebergs or paddle your kayak in the quiet of this majestic wilderness. The bay is home to puffins, sea lions, mountain goats, bears, moose and eagles. Glacier Bay is at its best when explored by small groups over the course of two days to hike and kayak inside the bay and wilderness areas.


You will be staying at Safari Explorer, Full board

Day 10

Glacier Bay
Exploring Glacier Bay National Park.


You will be staying at Safari Explorer, Full board

Day 11

Icy Strait
Today’s the ultimate day of exploration. Set your course for arguably the richest whale waters in Southeast Alaska. Keep watch for the telltale blow of the humpbacks as you scour the nutrient-rich waters in search for whales, porpoise, sea lions, and other wildlife. Join the Captain on the bridge or go on deck with your Expedition Leader. Late afternoon, we’ll drop the skiffs and kayaks for closer inspection of the remote coastline with eyes set on shore for possible bear sightings. This evening, take in the wilderness solitude while relaxing in the upper deck hot tub or enjoy a nightcap with your fellow yachtmates in the salon.


You will be staying at Safari Explorer, Full board

Day 12

Chichagof Island / Barnhoff Island
With no binding agenda, today you’ll cruise along the waterfall coast of Chichagof Island. Marvel at the grand scenery of Alaska’s wilderness as the crew expertly guides you through those “not in the guide book” places known only to the locals. This evening, perhaps tucking away in magical Red Bluff Bay, there’ll be time for skiff operations and sea kayaking to look for sea otters and bears before calling it a day near Baranof Island.


You will be staying at Safari Explorer, Full board

Day 13

Frederick Sound
Spend the day cruising the feeding grounds of Frederick Sound—another excellent chance for viewing humpback whales and other marine wildlife. Pass by Five Fingers Lighthouse and watch for playful antics at a large sea lions haul out made from dozens of rocky islets. Later, cruise picturesque bays, where evergreen forests crowd the shores.


You will be staying at Safari Explorer, Full board

Day 14

Ford's Terror / Endicott Arm
Cliff-walled fjords sliced into the mountainous mainland are on tap today as you slip slowly into an area widely acclaimed as the most beautiful in the whole state. Alaska has more designated Wilderness Areas than any state in the nation and Ford’s Terror—a pristine tidal inlet and fjord—is one of them. Explore this majestic fjord by kayak or skiff, a unique opportunity indeed. View rugged ice-covered mountains gleaming high overhead and a glacier that actively calves into the ice-filled fjord of Endicott Arm. Toast your voyage with a festive Farewell Dinner, and before turning in, your Expedition Leaders will share a “photo journal” of your trip together.


You will be staying at Safari Explorer, Full board

Day 15

Juneau disembarkation
Arrive back into Juneau. Disembarkation directly after breakfast followed by group transfer to the airport.

Fly Juneau to Seattle

Fly Seattle to London overnight

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Safari Explorer

Safari Explorer

The Safari Explorer combines adventure with comfort perfectly and at just 45m can get where the big ships cannot reach....

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Ultima Thule Lodge

Ultima Thule Lodge

Ultima Thule Lodge is an exclusive wilderness lodge within the wild and remote lands of the Wrangell-St....

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For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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